Caterpillar has upgraded the IT38G Series II Integrated Toolcarrier to improve versatility, productivity and visibility.
By evaluating component placement and re-routing hydraulic lines, Caterpillar has increased the operator viewing area, especially to the work tools and quick coupler.
The machine maintains key features such as 134kW gross power, parallel lift linkages and integral quick couplers to handle a wide range of material handling and digging tasks.
In addition, the company has expanded the line of buckets offered for the IT38G II to span sizes of 2.2m3 to 2.8m3 compared with the previous 2.3m3 to 2.4m3.
In addition to buckets, Caterpillar offers a full range of work tools.
Prior to the update, the quick coupler pins were actuated by a third lever and delivered pressure to move the coupler pins through a third valve. The machine now has an electro hydraulic system for the quick coupler. The new system is electrically actuated with a switch in the cab and it delivers pressure to the coupler through the brake system.
This change expands work-tool capabilities, because the third lever and valve are now available for additional work tool functionality, such as a top clamp or a rollout bucket. A fourth function switch next to the quick coupler switch on the implement pod can be added for work tools with multiple functions, such as rollout buckets with thumbs.
Strategic structural changes have increased full turn static tipping load by 14% to 8665kg, which Caterpillar says improves stability and work capabilities without reducing responsiveness.